III-V FinFET First
IMEC, the European research group, claims the world's first
3D compound-semiconductor FinFET to integrate III-V and silicon materials on
the same 300mm wafer. According to EE Times' R. Colin Johnson, IMEC's
process, if adopted by its partners, aims to continue CMOS scaling at 7nm and below, as well as enable hybrid CMOS-RF and
"As silicon devices scale
down to atomic-scale limits, they are running out of ways to increase
performance and lower power consumption. By integrating higher performance
materials with silicon, such as III-V transistor channels that provide higher
carrier velocity and higher drive current, these hybrid semiconductors aim to
enable continued scaling beyond the capabilities of silicon alone."
Here's the complete story.
Here rocks the sun
Want to improve the conversion efficiency of your solar
cells? Try blasting rock ‘n' roll music next to them.
That's the conclusion of researchers at Queen Mary
University of London and Imperial College London. They found that vibrations
caused by loud music increase efficiency in solar cells constructed from
nanorods by up to 40%. What gives?
Wilson's post at Electronics Weekly for the scoop.
Birth of the transistor?
Jack Kilby's parents probably didn't have an inkling when he emerged—and neither did the world!—but Nov. 8, 1923 was a great day for the future of electronics. Kilby played a key role just a few decades later in the invention of the integrated circuit, work he'd share a Nobel Prize with Intel's Robert Noyce.
Check out EDN's piece on Kilby and the anniversary of the great man's birth.
Internet of Things
and industry's future
I ran into Daniel Nenni of SemiWiki at the Semico Research IP Impact event recently and we started chatting on a not-insignificant
question: Can the semiconductor industry make money in the Internet of Things?
Look at the chart to the left. This came from Jim Feldhan's presentation at the event. Now it appears like a system for a residential
appliance gateway. But these relatively sophisticated items will be a subset of IoT.
Do we think devices with that kind of functionality and the
attendant BOM will reach a cost point that will get them to IoT volumes?
Nenni addresses a subset of this question on SemiWiki
with his post here.
We're back with Episode #4 of Unhinged, our
electronics-industry news and amusement show. This time we grab two Samsung
engineers and talk about how to design image sensors.
Oh, and Sean gets run over by a truck.
It's all in a day's work.
The real iPhone
I always thought the most compelling break-through of the
Apple iPhone was integrating sensors and accelerometers. Trip Hawkins begs to
The Electronics Arts founder said the breakthrough wasn't
sensors and it wasn't touch. It was swipe.
Hawkins (gesturing in picture, right) tells Intel Free Press:
"There's a certain
flow you get from a swiping experience that's such a profound breakthrough that
every human being on Earth wanted to have one."
Check out the
full story here.